Diploma in Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Manufacturing [Sept 2018] [Cork]

Innopharma College of Applied Sciences (TBC)
Key Programme Details

Level 8 Higher Diploma QQI

NFQ Level

8 About NFQ

Delivery Method

Online, Mixed, Distance


Part Time

ECTS Credits


Skills Area

Engineering, manufacturing and construction

General Information







Three Rock Road


Admissions Team

Important Dates
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About this Course

This Level 8 programme is specifically designed to enable those, with a qualification in Science or Engineering, to successfully transition into Technical and Professional roles, within the Bio-Pharmaceutical and Medical Device sectors and to re-skill those working in the sector to fill the existing and emerging skills needs, of the industry.
To work successfully in these regulated sectors, it is key that an in depth understanding of the principles that govern these sectors in such areas as Validation, Change control, Quality Control and Assurance, Regulatory Affairs and Good Manufacturing practices (GMP) are clearly embedded in the knowledge of the applicant. This knowledge and understanding is the key obstacle for those, even experienced industrial personnel, to successfully transition and obtain roles within the sectors.

Entry Requirements

The primary target audience are job seekers who possess higher level qualifications at NFQ Levels 7 or above in a science, engineering or a related discipline. A proportion of places will be open to those in employment who wish to upgrade their skills within or to enter the Life Sc Industries and 'Home makers' who have been out of the workforce for a considerable length of time and now wish to re-enter employment.

Ideally candidates will possess relevant experience in manufacturing, quality, laboratory, supply chain, maintenance or engineering, in one or more of the following industries; electronics, construction, chemical, semiconductor, agriculture, finance, or food & beverage. Our RPL policy will ensure that those with relevant industrial experience are given the opportunity to apply for a place where this experience will be considered in determining the suitability for the programme.

Long Description

This Level 8 programme combines a blend of pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturing modules with a range of business and industry directed modules giving course participants an in-depth knowledge of Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP), Aseptic Processes, Biotechnology, Formulations and Packaging, Process Analytical Technology (PAT),

Validation, Quality and Lean Operations. Accredited by ITT Dublin, this course is delivered by experienced lecturers from academia and industry. Over 75% of the 2010 to 2016 Innopharma Lab's Level 8 students have returned to employment in a cross section of roles such as Project Management, Automation Engineering, Validation, Process Engineering, Process Technician, Operations, Supply Chain, QC Analysts, QA analysts, Regulatory, Environmental and Safety Consultancy.

The Biopharma sector employees over 28,000 and exports over €30B. With 450 Medical Technology companies in Ireland, (50% indigenous), exporting over €12B products annually and employing 29,000, these sectors continues to attract significant indigenous and international investment. Ireland needs to import personnel to work in specialist roles in the Pharma/Medtech Sectors to fill skills deficits. This Innopharma upskilling programme, is filling this employment gap throughout the country, upskilling and giving the opportunity to graduates to transition towards and upskill within the pharmaceutical and medical devices industries both in Dublin and regionally throughout Ireland.

During the programme participants receive intensive and continuous support in the area of CV and interview preparation. All students are given one-on-one business coaching. Innopharma Labs employ Industrial Liaison Officers with local knowledge for each of the centers where the course is delivered who work directly with employers to match the students with skills needs and opportunities in their companies. This in conjunction with links to and mentorship from senior industry leaders have proven in the past to be an integral contributing factor in Innopharma Lab's participants successfully returning to employment.
A regular panel of guest speakers from industry form a supplementary part of the programme. This allows the students to develop networks within the industry which facilitates return to employment. Previous presentations from Pfizer, Becton Dickinson, Alkermes, HPRA, Nypro MedTech, Warner Chilcott, Merck, Stecics, GC Astetics, URS, Head count Solutions, Cregg Recruitment, Goodman Medical, CCP Recruitment, Collins McNicholas, CPL Recruitment, Headcount Solutions, Eflexes Recruitment and Lake Region have been highly successful. Students are guided on further developing their networks through the use of the Innopharma Labs LinkedIn account and attendance at networking events, organised by Innopharma Labs.
Working in conjunction with several key recruitment agencies in their areas allows the students to stay close to active job opportunities and avail of support in the process of returning to work.

As a service and technology provider to the pharmaceutical industry, Innopharma maintains close contact with developments within the industry in terms of on-going changes in product output and technical developments. This gives an insight into potential opportunities for our graduates.

Career Opportunities

From the initial inquiry right through to the participant taking up employment, this programme is designed to support job readiness. Every participant attends an interview with our selection panel of industry experts to determine the best strategy for their return to work. This initial assessment determines their core competencies, transferable skills and the most suitable roles within the Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Industry.
An integral part of the programme is dedicated to Career Development guided by professional business coaches. This process allows each individual to develop a career strategy for themselves. Participants understand how to structure their CV. Interview skills are developed with individual feedback and coaching provided over the course of the programme.

Participants are provided with industry expert as mentors to support and challenge them and ensure they remain on track to return to industry. These industry mentors are representatives from industry from such companies as Nypro, Pfizer, Becton & Dickinson, Alkermes, The Irish Medicines Board, Warner Chilcott, Merck, GC Aesthetics, URS, Head Count Solutions, Cregg Recruitment, Goodman Medical, CCP Recruitment, Collin McNicholas, CPL Recruitment, Lake Region, Vention, KCI, Elanco and Jacksonstone. In addition this panel provide regular input into the programme and its relevance to current and anticipated skills requirements.

Timetable Info

This programme is delivered 2 evenings per week online and 2 Saturdays per month on campus.

Delivery Notes


Admissions Contact Details



Three Rock Road,





Application Procedures

Initial applications should be made by emailing an up-to-date CV to our training division, at admissions@innopharmalabs.com along with a brief note detailing your employment status, and the programme you wish to apply for. Following a review of this CV eligible applicants will then be invited to interview for a place on the course.

If you wish to find out more about this programme please contact us

email: admissions@innopharmalabs.com.

Tel: +353-1-4853346